Studying the Trajectory of Exercise Across Life Suggests that It is Never Too Late to Undertake More Of It

You may recall a study from a few years back suggesting that increasing level of exercise in later life, after a low level of exercise in earlier life, removes a perhaps surprisingly large fraction of the negative consequences of that low level of exercise. This is at least the case when it comes to age-related mortality. Nonetheless, in that study, maintaining a high level of exercise across life was still shown to be much better for health than only beginning high levels of exercise in later life. Today's open access paper reports on a similar study, but here the metrics are specifically focused on measurements of frailty, such as grip strength. The interesting portion of the outcome is that the people who moved from low levels of exercise to greater exercise look similar to those that always maintained that higher level of exercise. The conclusion that one could make from this is that frailty as presently observed in the wealthier parts of the world is a large part a consequence of inactivity, and that at least that portion of the problem is reversible given sufficient effort. Associations of physical activity participation trajectories with subsequent motor function declines and incident frailty: A population-based cohort study Increasing evidence reports the benefits yielded by regular physical activity (PA) on the motor function in older people by preserving mobility, muscle strength, and balance. However, there is a methodological limitation tha...
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